As the debate continues on access to traditional Mountain Bike Trails, one thing is clear. eMoutain Bikes and eMTBs are great on riding on all sorts of terrain including heavy duty Motocross Trails and ATV Trails. Just look out for the deep ruts.
Pedal Assist Electric Bikes are great at assisting across terrain NOT accessible to Traditional Bicycles. In fact, this is where eBikes shine. Their weight, and motor give them a unique advantage that allows for riding and handling like a traditional bicycle, but with motor assist to get over Bumps, Stumps and Ruts that a traditional rider would be carrying their bicycle across or over.
We put together a list of Off Road Trails for eMountain Bikes or eMTBs. Contact each of the Trails directly to confirm current access and more importantly, are the OPEN!
5 BEST DIRT MOTORCYCLE TRAILS IN NORTH CAROLINA – courtesy Stepoutside.org
1. BRUSHY MOUNTAIN MOTOR SPORTS PARK, TAYLORSVILLE, NC
Trails for every type of rider: beginner, amateur, and expert, Brushy Mountain Motor Sports Park has no noise limit and approximately 50 miles of single track open to riders. Heavily wooded and with marked trails, motorcycles have access to about 40 more miles of trail, 100 miles of trails in the Brushy Mountains total and the park makes up a total of 1,700 acres. A one-day pass will cost each individual $25, but memberships to the park are also sold. Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, grab your helmet and head down for a weekend of riding.
2. NORTH CAROLINA MOTORSPORTS PARK, HENDERSON, NC
North Carolina Motorsports Park, located in Henderson, North Carolina, is open every day from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. This motorsports park offers riders marked, manmade trails. Terrain types within the trail system differs between changes in elevation, hills, crossings, and more. Most trails are for those with a little experience but there is a one-mile beginner loop for those just starting out. Club membership is required for access with two different options to choose from. The daily fee with persons aged eight and older is $30. With an annual membership fee of $40, every visit afterwards for riders age eight and older is $25.
3. WAYEHUTTA OHV TRAIL SYSTEM, CULLOWHEE, NC
The Wayehutta has 24 miles of marked trails with some sections that add difficulty to the ride. Open from April 1 through Dec. 15, the trail offers an inexpensive day out in nature to ride and view the beautiful scenery Cullowhee has to offer, including the waterfall. The day fee to ride is $5 per vehicle but seasonal passes are also available for purchase. Both passes are to be bought at the Caney Fork General Store, Nantahala Ranger District Office or Top Cat Grocery.
4. BLACK SWAMP OHV TRAIL, NEW BERN, NC
Located in New Bern, the Black Swamp OHV Trail is an eight-mile trail open year-round to riders. Trail permit required, there is a $5 per day fee. Of the Croatan National Forest, the Black Swamp OHV Trail is mainly flat terrain but is known to get muddy after rain. If you want to stick around for a bit, you are in luck. Camping is allowed in some areas.
5. BROWN MOUNTAIN OHV TRAIL, MORGANTON, NC
A trail designed for trail bikes, the Brown Mountain OHV Trail, is open to riders April through Jan 1. The area has 34 miles of marked and maintained single track trails. Trail pass is necessary for riders at $5 per rider. Do not forget your helmet because it is required and pack your camping equipment if you would like to camp out.
United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service
National Forests in North Carolina
OHV Trail Riding
North Carolina’s national forests offer four trail systems for riding off-highway vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles, 4-wheel-drive and trail bikes.
Within these areas, you must stay on signed routes marked with symbols showing the kind of vehicle you’re driving. Some routes are badly eroded and are closed. Help nature restore these trails by not riding on them. For the most fun, choose trails that match operating limitations of you and your vehicle. Most areas have maps that show trail difficulty.
Please follow these enforced forest regulations for treading lightly on the land:
- ATV and motorcycle operators must wear DOT-approved helmets and eye protection.
- Children under 8 may not operate ATV, UTV, or motocycles. Children under 12 may not operate any ATV, UTV 70cc or larger. Children under 15 may not operate any off-highway vehicle. Children under 16 must be under the continuous visual supervision of an adult over 18 when operating any ATV, UTV, motorcycle, or off-highway vehicle.
- No passengers are allowed on ATVs, unless vehicles are deigned to carry passengers.
- Unlicensed vehicles are not allowed on designated Forest Service roads or in developed campgrounds
- Spark arresters, mufflers, and brakes are required, as well as working headlights and tail lights for night riding.
- Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on all trail systems or in recreation areas.
- Travel only on OHV designated routes. Cross-country travel is prohibited.
OHV Trail Riding Areas
- Croatan National Forest
- Black Swamp OHV Trailhead
- Nantahala National Forest
- Nantahala Ranger District
- Wayehutta OHV Trail System
- Pisgah National Forest
- Grandfather Ranger District
- Brown Mountain OHV Trail System
- Uwharrie National Forest
- Badin Lake Recreation Area
- Art Lilley Campground
- Badin Lake OHV Trail Complex
- Daniel TR 390
- Dickey Bell TR 91
- Dutch John TR 90
- Falls Dam TR 96
- Rocky Mountain Loop TR 92
- Sawmill TR 93
- Slab Pile TR 79
- Wolf Den TR 89
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